Let me say up front that I am a fan of almost anything that reworks a classic, as can probably be seen by the books on my GoodReads shelves.
I was nervLet me say up front that I am a fan of almost anything that reworks a classic, as can probably be seen by the books on my GoodReads shelves.
I was nervous about this book for about thirty seconds, until I flipped to the full-color pages in the middle, which put my mind at ease and propelled me all the way to the check-out counter.
Princess Alyss Heart isn't really interested in being Queen of the Wonderlands someday. She's more interested in getting out of the palace with her friend from the royal guard, Dodge Andrews, and getting into a bit of trouble.
But when her ostricized aunt Redd storms the castle and engages her mother, Genevieve, in a battle of imaginations, Alyss must run for her life. She escapes the castle through her mother's private looking glass, which dumps her in the forest that borders the Pool of Tears. Along with Hatter Madigan, the dark, silent captain of the Queen's bodyguards, Alyss jumps into the Pool of Tears and is carried to a land far away, where she meets a young and uninspired writer who thinks that her stories of Wonderland are quite extraordinary.
I feel like I should expound on Hatter Madigan, as he totally made this book for me.
Hatter Madigan wears a long black trenchcoat, with a rucksack on his back, silver wristbands, and a high top hat that he never takes off, unless absolutely necessary. He is quick, acrobatic, quiet, and wields the throwing knives that protrude from his hat with chilling accuracy.
I honestly giggled when I saw his illustration.
And I'm afraid to read the sequel (Seeing Redd) because I don't want to finish so quickly that I have to wait ridiculous amounts of time for the third in the trilogy.
I suppose I'll just have to take that risk....more
If you would be so kind as to ensure that there will be no more shuffling off of coils, mortal or otherwise, I would appreciate it. TDear Jim Butcher,
If you would be so kind as to ensure that there will be no more shuffling off of coils, mortal or otherwise, I would appreciate it. The resulting story makes my brain hurt, you see, in a way that is entirely too wonderful to be endured again.
Please Please PLEASE read the book before you see the movie.
I've never seen a book so eviscerated by a movie in my life. Honestly, Anne Hathaway, I exPlease Please PLEASE read the book before you see the movie.
I've never seen a book so eviscerated by a movie in my life. Honestly, Anne Hathaway, I expected so much better from you.
Ella Enchanted was one of those books from my childhood. I probably read it for the first time in sixth or seventh grade, and then somewhere along the way I lost my copy and I haven't read it since (I refuse to buy a movie cover).
And, since it's been nearly ten years since I read this, please indulge me if my details are a bit sketchy.
I remember being completely enamored with the character of Ella. She was a Cinderella that was my age, and she was stuck with being obedient... a curse I often thought I was under when I was eleven. It didn't particularly bother me, like it didn't particularly bother Ella until she was to live with her stepmother.
I also, being a preteen girl, completely fell in love with Prince Char and his fabulous plotline. There's something refreshing about their love story... reminiscent of Ever After. It's a story that completely takes itself seriously without being too "adult."...more
I hadn't realized until I finished the first three books in the Olympian's series that these books are the only books I'"Wait. I feel a haiku coming."
I hadn't realized until I finished the first three books in the Olympian's series that these books are the only books I've ever read that use Greek mythology as a jumping off point. I love Greek mythology. I love everything about it. So, naturally, I loved Percy Jackson's stories.
I don't think I could pick a favorite of the characters, but Apollo comes pretty close... he reminds me of Crush in Finding Nemo.
Percy Jackson and his friends are back for another adventure when one of their own is taken, and a goddess is caught in a trap. Percy has to deal with man-hating preteens, walking skeletons a la Pirates of the Caribbean, and a manticore with a French accent.
Oh. And there's a pretty big discovery at the end....more
Percy Jackson has to save his best friend from marrying a cyclops.
He also has to deal with the fact that he has a little brother who's a six-foot cyclPercy Jackson has to save his best friend from marrying a cyclops.
He also has to deal with the fact that he has a little brother who's a six-foot cyclops with the mental maturity of a seven-year-old, and Chiron, the camp activities director at Camp Half-Blood has been replaced. And not for the better.
Me personally? I was a fan of Hermes. As the messenger god of travelers, he helps Percy pack, but as the god of theives, you never can tell if you can trust him. When he's really interested in letting you know who he is, his cell phone stretches into a caduceus (you know that thing on the back of ambulances with the snakes coiled around it?) and he introduces you to George and Martha, his secretary/receptionist/snakes.
As with all Riordan books, there were moments when I actually laughed out loud. If there's a moment like that, I automatically like it.
As the second installment in this series, Shadows on the Stars ends rather abruptly, and without any closure whatsoever. But it was still worth readAs the second installment in this series, Shadows on the Stars ends rather abruptly, and without any closure whatsoever. But it was still worth reading, of course.
Barron is messing with my head, because I never thought I'd like any mythical place more than Fincayra (see The Lost Years of Merlin), but Avalon is becoming my new favorite. T. A. Barron's website indicates that he's writing a series to go in between The Lost Years of Merlin and The Great Tree of Avalon. I don't think I'll be able to wait....more
Sadly, this is the book I was reading as I made plans for my own novel, so I might be stealing quite a few little idI flew through this book.
Sadly, this is the book I was reading as I made plans for my own novel, so I might be stealing quite a few little ideas. Okay, not so much stealing as turning on that literary charm to change things around, you know?
There's something so easy about Barron's narrative style. He's not afraid to do some things, narratively speaking, that I wouldn't dream of doing. Things like "He smelled something new on the morning fog. Dragons! They loomed over him, their tails flexing idly and their teeth gleaming like so many glittering diamonds."
*Note: That wasn't actually something he wrote... it was just something I threw together....more
Okay. I recommended this book and all of its follower for Harry Potter fans because it mirrors Harry Potter in more than a few ways. BoyI LOVED this.
Okay. I recommended this book and all of its follower for Harry Potter fans because it mirrors Harry Potter in more than a few ways. Boy has grown up living a weird kind of life: lots of getting in trouble at school, doing things that were kind of weird, etc. At about twelve, he learns that there's something special about him, directly related to who his parents are. He goes to a magical kind of place. There's a prophecy made about him. His best friends are a very smart girl and a clumsy boy (goat).
Anyway, here's the deal. Percy (Perseus... cute!) Jackson gets attacked by something weird in his sixth grade field trip, and he and his best friend Grover have to escape from the Minotaur into a summer camp. They get away (narrowly) and enter Camp Half-Blood. Enter the backstory. Percy is the son of his mortal mother (still alive, unlike Harry Potter) and the great god Poseidon. He's a half-blood, aka demigod, aka hero. Monsters, who are very much real, can smell the hero on him and come to try and kill him. He's safe at Camp Half-Blood, but for interesting reasons he has to go on a quest...
Action-packed at times, HILARIOUS at others. I'm seriously thinking about stealing some things for my own novel....more